“When my dad died, my mom could not keep our large family together. I know that she loved me, but the problems in her life forced her to send me to a countryside orphanage. I was 12.
Separated from my family, I did okay at the orphanage, but I missed my mom and family. I adjusted and made friends over time, but I always felt empty on the inside. I didn’t do well at school, but the other kids didn’t do any better.
I lived at the orphanage for several years, and as I got closer to high school graduation, I worried. The orphanage director told me that I had to leave after graduation. Where would I go? Who would take care of me? I worried a lot.
Then one day, I heard about a place called Victory House. I knew a girl there. She said that Orphan Voice gave her a nice place to live with a kind lady to cook for all the girls. They paid for everyone’s school and Hanh, the housemother, acted like a mom to everyone. Oh, how I wanted to go there! I asked my orphanage director about it. He made application for me and I was accepted!
Now, almost three years later, I will soon graduate with a Tourism degree! I will get a good job! It was hard. I had to be tutored a lot and Linh really made me work hard (sometimes I got mad at her). But it was all worth it.
I am excited–and a little scared–about the future, but not like I used to be scared. I know that I can make it.”
(Ny’s story told through Tony Brewer and factually true in all respects).
Thank you, Orphan Voice partners. You do this every day!